Michael Kidd-Gilchrist injured his left hand during Charlotte’s Bobcats 89-82 road loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. He is now out indefinitely, further testing will be conducted later today. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was already wearing a cast after the ball game last night. He apparently injured his ring finger on his non-shooting (left) hand. While he was attempting a third-quarter drive to the basket.
“I looked down at my finger and it was (pointing) the wrong way,” said Kidd-Gilchrist, adding he isn’t sure just when or how he hurt himself.
“That’s a big hit,” [Bobcats coach Steve] Clifford said. “Foul trouble has limited his minutes some lately, but he’s been really good. … If you watched him from the summer to now, there’s been a lot of progress since Vegas (summer league). He can be an elite defender in this league. He’s very bright.”
Kidd-Gilchrist, in his sophomore year was averaging 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 50% from the field. The No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, Kidd-Gilchrist has started 18 games for Charlotte this season. Coach, Clifford is expected to move forward reserve Jeff Taylor, into the starting lineup during Kidd-Gilchrist’s absence. Kidd-Gilchrist’s teammate, Pelicans forward Anthony Davis broke his left hand this week and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, look for Kidd-Gilchrist to have a similar time table. Charlotte is 8-11 so far this season and they are in search of their first playoff berth since 2010 when they were the Charlotte Hornets.